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“The Automat” recounts the lost history of the iconic restaurant chain Horn & Hardart, which served affordable-priced quality food to millions of New Yorkers and Philadelphians for more than a century. Found by Joseph Horn and Frank Hardart in 1888, it revolutionized the nation’s restaurant scene with comfortable interiors, quality food, and state of the art technology for the early 20th century. The chain welcomed those who had been ignored, including immigrants, the working-class, Blacks, and women, all of whom were often not welcome in restaurants. Horn & Hardart’s technology captured the public’s imagination like nothing else in 1900’s— the customer put nickels into slots and little windows opened to reveal the customer’s pick, be it a slice of pie, macaroni and cheese, or a Salisbury steak. The gleaming glass and stainless-steel windows looked “sanitary” and like nothing else in existence. “The Automat” illustrates how the company both served the public with great food and at the same time treated its employees with fairness and integrity.  

  • Year
    2021
  • Runtime
    79 minutes
  • Language
    English
  • Country
    United States
  • Rating
    Not Rated
  • Director
    Lisa Hurwitz
  • Screenwriter
    Michael Levine
  • Producer
    Russell Greene, Lisa Hurwitz, Alec Shuldiner
  • Cast
    Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Mel Brooks, Colin Powell
  • Cinematographer
    Paul Mailman, Sandra Chandler, Stephen Cocklin, Philip Lucas, Jonathan Deaver
  • Editor
    Michael Levine, Russell Greene
  • Composer
    Hummie Mann